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Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Har...
by James M. Scott

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English

Pages

508

Publication Date

April 13, 2015

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<p>Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History<br /><br /><br /><br />"Like Lauren Hillebrand's <em>Unbroken</em>…<em>Target Tokyo</em> brings to life an indelible era." —Ben Cosgrove, <em>The Daily Beast</em></p><br /><p>On April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS <em>Hornet</em> on a one-way mission to pummel Japan’s factories, refineries, and dockyards in retaliation for their attack on Pearl Harbor. The raid buoyed America’s morale, and prompted an ill-fated Japanese attempt to seize Midway that turned the tide of the war. But it came at a horrific cost: an estimated 250,000 Chinese died in retaliation by the Japanese. Deeply researched and brilliantly written, <em>Target Tokyo</em> has been hailed as the definitive account of one of America’s most daring military operations.</p>
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
by Jack Weatherford

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

March 22, 2005

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The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. In <b>Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World</b>, Jack Weatherford, the only Western scholar ever to be allowed into the Mongols’ “Great Taboo”—Genghis Khan’s homeland and forbidden burial site—tracks the astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world. <br /><br />Fighting his way to power on the remote steppes of Mongolia, Genghis Khan developed revolutionary military strategies and weaponry that emphasized rapid attack and siege warfare, which he then brilliantly used to overwhelm opposing armies in Asia, break the back of the Islamic world, and render the armored knights of Europe obsolete. Under Genghis Khan, the Mongol army never numbered more than 100,000 warriors, yet it subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans conquered in four hundred. With an empire that stretched from Siberia to India, from Vietnam to Hungary, and from Korea to the Balkans, the Mongols dramatically redrew the map of the globe, connecting disparate kingdoms into a new world order. <br /><br />But contrary to popular wisdom, Weatherford reveals that the Mongols were not just masters of conquest, but possessed a genius for progressive and benevolent rule. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope <br />of Genghis Khan’s accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination. Genghis Khan was an innovative leader, the first ruler in many conquered countries to put the power of law above his own power, encourage religious freedom, create public schools, grant diplomatic immunity, abolish torture, and institute free trade. The trade routes he created became lucrative pathways for commerce, but also for ideas, technologies, and expertise that transformed the way people lived. The Mongols introduced the first international paper currency and postal system and developed and spread revolutionary technologies like printing, the cannon, compass, and abacus. They took local foods and products like lemons, carrots, noodles, tea, rugs, playing cards, and pants and turned them into staples of life around the world. The Mongols were the architects of a new way of life at a pivotal time in history. <br /><br />In <b>Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World</b>, Jack Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed. This dazzling work of revisionist history doesn’t just paint an unprecedented portrait of a great leader and his legacy, but challenges us to reconsider how the modern world was made.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 – The Epic Story of the...
by Fergal Keane

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English

Pages

579

Publication Date

August 29, 2013

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<p>(This ebook contains a limited number of illustrations. Maps are best viewed on a tablet.)</p><p>The epic story of one of the most savage battles of the Second World War.</p><p>Kohima. In this remote Indian village near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army. Outnumbered ten to one, the defenders fought the Japanese hand to hand in a battle that was amongst the most savage in modern warfare.</p><p>A garrison of no more than 1,500 fighting men, desperately short of water and with the wounded compelled to lie in the open, faced a force of 15,000 Japanese. They held the pass and prevented a Japanese victory that would have proved disastrous for the British. Another six weeks of bitter fighting followed as British and Indian reinforcements strove to drive the enemy out of India. When the battle was over, a Japanese army that had invaded India on a mission of imperial conquest had suffered the worst defeat in its history. Thousands of men lay dead on a devastated landscape, while tens of thousands more Japanese starved in a catastrophic retreat eastwards. They called the journey back to Burma the ‘Road of Bones’, as friends and comrades committed suicide or dropped dead from hunger along the jungle paths.</p><p>Fergal Keane has reported for the BBC from conflicts on every continent over the past 25 years, and he brings to this work of history not only rigorous scholarship but a raw understanding of the pitiless nature of war. It is a story filled with vivid characters: the millionaire's son who refused a commission and was awarded a VC for his sacrifice in battle, the Roedean debutante who led a guerrilla band in the jungle, and the General who defied the orders of a hated superior in order to save the lives of his men. Based on original research in Japan, Britain and India, ‘Road of Bones’ is a story about extraordinary courage and the folly of imperial dreams.</p>
The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
by William Craig

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

September 29, 2015

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I></B><B> Bestseller: A “virtually faultless” account of the last weeks of WWII in the Pacific from both Japanese and American perspectives (<I>The New York Times Book Review</I>).</B><BR /><BR /> By midsummer 1945, Japan had long since lost the war in the Pacific. The people were not told the truth, and neither was the emperor. Japanese generals, admirals, and statesmen knew, but only a handful of leaders were willing to accept defeat. Most were bent on fighting the Allies until the last Japanese soldier died and the last city burned to the ground.<BR />  <BR /> Exhaustively researched and vividly told, <I>The Fall of Japan</I> masterfully chronicles the dramatic events that brought an end to the Pacific War and forced a once-mighty military nation to surrender unconditionally.<BR />  <BR /> From the ferocious fighting on Okinawa to the all-but-impossible mission to drop the 2nd atom bomb, and from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s White House to the Tokyo bunker where tearful Japanese leaders first told the emperor the truth, William Craig captures the pivotal events of the war with spellbinding authority. <I>The Fall of Japan </I>brings to life both celebrated and lesser-known historical figures, including Admiral Takijiro Onishi, the brash commander who drew up the Yamamoto plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor and inspired the death cult of kamikaze pilots., This astonishing account ranks alongside Cornelius Ryan’s <I>The Longest Day </I>and John Toland’s <I>The Rising Sun </I>as a masterpiece of World War II history.</DIV>
City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shang...
by Paul French

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

July 03, 2018

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<p><b>From Paul French, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Midnight in Peking</i>—winner of both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction—comes <i>City of Devils</i>, a rags-to-riches tale of two self-made men set against a backdrop of crime and vice in the sprawling badlands of Shanghai.</b><br /><b></b><br />Shanghai, 1930s: It was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, and fortunes made—and lost.</p><p>“Lucky” Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex–U.S. Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison and rose to become the Slots King of Shanghai. “Dapper” Joe Farren—a Jewish boy who fled Vienna’s ghetto—ruled the nightclubs. His chorus lines rivaled Ziegfeld’s.</p><p>In 1940, Lucky Jack and Dapper Joe bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation, and war. They thought they ruled Shanghai, but the city had other ideas. This is the story of their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams could come true.</p>
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's ...
by Fredrik Logevall

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English

Pages

864

Publication Date

August 21, 2012

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<b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><br /><b><br />ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED WORKS OF HISTORY IN RECENT YEARS</b><br /><b>Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians • Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award • Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award • Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /><b><i>The Washington Post • The Christian Science Monitor • The Globe and Mail</i></b><br /><br /> Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, <i>Embers of War</i> is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. An epic story of wasted opportunities and deadly miscalculations, <i>Embers of War</i> delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. Eye-opening and compulsively readable, <i>Embers of War</i> is a gripping, heralded work that illuminates the hidden history of the French and American experiences in Vietnam.<br />  <br /><b>Praise for <i>Embers of War<br /></i></b><br /> “A balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war.”<b>—Pulitzer Prize citation</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> “This extraordinary work of modern history combines powerful narrative thrust, deep scholarly authority, and quiet interpretive confidence.”<b>—Francis Parkman Prize citation</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> “A monumental history . . . a widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U.S. came to be involved in Vietnam . . . certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Superb . . . a product of formidable international research.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b>
The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace Ame...
by Michael Pillsbury

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<p><b>One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise – and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.</b></p><p>For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?</p><p>Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, <i>The Hundred-Year Marathon</i> reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders – as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.<br />Pillsbury also explains how the U.S. government has helped – sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately – to make this "China Dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is, and not as we might wish it to be. <i>The Hundred-Year Marathon</i> is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the twenty-first century.</p>
Saipan: The Beginning of the End
by Carl W. Hoffman

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English

Pages

359

Publication Date

May 12, 2018

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<b>“The conquest of Saipan was, among Pacific operations up to that time, the most clear-cut decisive triumph of combined arms of the United States over the Japanese.” C. B. Cates, General, U. S. Marine Corps.</b><br /><br />Saipan was the last barrier that the prevented the Allied forces from launching their entire military might against the Japanese homeland.<br /><br />Victory at Saipan was the key which opened the door to the soft underbelly of the Japanese Empire.<br /><br />Yet, because the Japanese were aware of this vulnerability, they were willing to throw everything they had against the ever-encroaching American forces and fight to the death to defend this island.<br /><br />Fifteen battleships began their bombardment of Japanese positions on 13 June 1944, they would fire over 165,000 shells onto the island.<br /><br />Then at 0700 on 15 June 8000 marines travelled in 300 LVTs to land on the west coast of Saipan to begin their assault.<br /><br />The Japanese high command realized that without resupply the island would be impossible to hold, but they and their soldiers were to fight until the last man. <br /><br />To make things as difficult as possible for the U. S. marines the Japanese used guerilla tactics to disrupt the offensive and dug themselves in in the mountainous terrain of central Saipan. <br /><br />Carl Hoffman’s brilliant account of this ferocious battle takes the reader through the course of its duration, from the initial discussion of plans and preparations right through to the eventual victory.<br /><br />This book is essential for anyone interested in the Pacific theater of war during World War Two and for the huge impact that the marine corps made in some of the bloodiest battles ever to have taken place.<br /><br />Carl W. Hoffman was a Major General in the United States Marines Corps. He served in World War Two, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During World War Two he earned the Silver Star and two Purple Heart Medals while participating in operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. His book <em>Saipan: The Beginning of the End</em> was first published in 1950 and he passed away in 2016.<br />
Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Gue...
by Travis Ingham

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English

Pages

207

Publication Date

July 03, 2018

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<b>1942.<br /><br />Manila had fallen and MacArthur had retreated with the famous words, “I shall return.”</b><br /><br />Many thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to march in atrocious conditions from Bataan to various prison camps with huge numbers dying along the way.<br /><br />Yet the Imperial Japanese Army was not able to subdue all of its enemies.<br /><br />A motley group of American and Filipino soldiers escaped into the depths of Mindanao and began to form a new force that would fight with coordinated guerrilla tactics against the occupying forces.<br /><br />Charles “Chick” Parsons, who previously had been in charge of the naval docks of Manila, led his men to cause terror among the Japanese as they stuck time and again in hit-and-run raids.<br /><br />Endlessly spying on the Japanese forces they became the eyes and ears for MacArthur’s forces who were preparing to retake the Philippines. <br /><br />Parsons became instrumental in organization of the guerrilla movement as they moved ammunition, medicine and arms from under the noses of the Japanese, installed coast watchers and radio stations, evacuated American and Allied personnel and civilians, and undertaking secret submarine missions to the Philippines.<br /><br />Travis Ingram drew much of the material for this book directly from Parsons who frequently interjects through the book with his own opinion of certain situations.<br /><br />This is the remarkable story of the man that MacArthur described as “the bravest man I ever met” and deserves to be read by all who wish to find out more about individual acts of heroism that took place in the most trying of circumstances.<br /><br />“A story of military and morale building that paid dividends to our advantage, told with the flourish and zest it deserves.” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />“No small part of the credit for the reconquest of the Philippines goes to an American businessman turned Navy Commander — Mr. Charles Parsons — who organized guerrilla forces in a number of islands. This is the exciting narrative of how he did this job.” <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />Travis Ingham was an American writer. His book <em>Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The Philippines</em> was first published in 1945. He passed away in 1969.<br />
Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Gold...
by Stephen R. Platt

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English

Pages

555

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>As China reclaims its position as a world power, <i>Imperial Twilight</i> looks back to tell the story of the country's last age of ascendance and how it came to an end in the nineteenth-century Opium War.<br /><br />"This thoroughly researched and delightful work is essential for anyone interested in Chinese or British imperial history." --<i>Library Journal</i> (Starred Review)</b><br /><br />When Britain launched its first war on China in 1839, pushed into hostilities by profiteering drug merchants and free-trade interests, it sealed the fate of what had long been seen as the most prosperous and powerful empire in Asia, if not the world. But internal problems of corruption, popular unrest, and dwindling finances had weakened China far more than was commonly understood, and the war would help set in motion the eventual fall of the Qing dynasty--which, in turn, would lead to the rise of nationalism and communism in the twentieth century. As one of the most potent turning points in the country's modern history, the Opium War has since come to stand for everything that today's China seeks to put behind it.<br /><br />In this dramatic, epic story, award-winning historian Stephen Platt sheds new light on the early attempts by Western traders and missionaries to "open" China--traveling mostly in secret beyond Canton, the single port where they were allowed--even as China's imperial rulers were struggling to manage their country's decline and Confucian scholars grappled with how to use foreign trade to China's advantage. The book paints an enduring portrait of an immensely profitable--and mostly peaceful--meeting of civilizations at Canton over the long term that was destined to be shattered by one of the most shockingly unjust wars in the annals of imperial history. Brimming with a fascinating cast of British, Chinese, and American individuals, this riveting narrative of relations between China and the West has important implications for today's uncertain and ever-changing political climate.

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